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MLB:  Detroit Trounces Twins 6-4

The Detroit Tigers gained ground in the American League Central division race with a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins in Sunday night Major League Baseball action. The Tigers are now within four-and-a-half games of first place Cleveland in the division. The Tigers and Indians begin a crucial three-game series Monday.

Texas Rangers shortstop Michael Young drove in a career-high seven runs, including a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning to lead the Rangers to a 11-9 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

The Chicago White Sox got a two run homer from Jim Thome in the bottom of the ninth inning to claim a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Thome became the third player this season to hit 500 career home runs and the 23rd to reach that mark in major league history.

The Kansas City Royals edged the Cleveland Indians 4-3. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays swamped the Seattle Mariners 9-2. The Baltimore Orioles needed 12 innings to get by the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6. And the New York Yankees held off the Boston Red Sox 4-3.

In the National League, Atlanta defeated Washington 3-0. Braves pitcher Tim Hudson notched the first complete game by an Atlanta pitcher this season.

The Philadelphia Phillies swept the New York Mets for a third time this season with a 10-6 win Sunday. The Arizona Diamondbacks downed the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1. The San Diego Padres swept the San Francisco Giants with a 5-1 victory, keeping the Padres one-and-a-half games ahead in the National League wild-card race.

The Chicago Cubs doubled the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2. The Colorado Rockies crushed the Florida Marlins 13-0. The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2, and the Houston Astros vanquished the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-3.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .